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Allen Fink

Allen Fink

Friday, June 1st, 1934 - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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Allen Fink died on February 12, 2020, at Westchester Medical after a brief illness. He was born on June 1, 1934 in Newark, NJ to Lily Marks and Irving Fink. Tragically, Allen’s father died when he was 2 1/2. He spent the next 4 years living in Brooklyn with his grandparents, Max and Sadie Fink, before reuniting with his family when his mother remarried Herbert Schenberg.
Allen served as a member of the United States Air Force, during the Korean conflict, as a radar technician, spending 18 months living in Marrakech, Morocco. He proudly went to college on the GI bill and graduated with honors from Newark Institute of Technology holding a degree in Electrical Engineering. He spent the summer of 1961 as an exchange student in Israel working for the Technion. Later he earned a Masters degree from Union College in Industrial Management.
Allen worked for several companies before settling in Poughkeepsie. He worked for 30 years at IBM from which he retired in 1993.
In 1966 he married Enid Risberg in Newburgh, NY. They had two children, Joli Anna Tompkins, her partner Spencer Reichgut, Pleasant Valley, NY, Steven Tyler Fink, wife Nora and two grandsons, Max and Jake, Cincinnati, OH.
Allen married Susan Budson on August 31, 1997 at Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY. He has two step-daughters: Julie Rosenberg, her husband Niels Burger and grandchildren, Eli and Clio of Arlington, MA and Leslie Chason, husband Joshua and grandchildren, Emily Grace, Lucas and Molly of Lagrangeville, NY.
He is survived by his brother David Fink, Houston, TX , loving nieces Maris and Diane and their families and many, many loving cousins. His younger brother Michael Schenberg predeceased him.
Allen was a member of Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY where is liked to spend his mornings in the study of Talmud and Torah. He had a great love of learning, especially of history. He was an avid tennis player and a table tennis player, winning many trophies and medals. He became a National Table Tennis coach through the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, coached wheelchair tennis and numerous friends. He was on staff at Vassar College and enjoyed sharing his passion and discipline of table tennis with the students and faculty. He was a philatelist for over 50 years and collector of ephemera. He also collected toys and comic books with his son Steven. He loved poker, bridge and gambling in the stock market. He shared his passions and love of learning with family and friends, encouraging everyone to be the best that they could be. Allen led a full and happy life right up until he became ill. We are thankful that his illness was short and that his suffering is over.
Services are Sunday, February 16, 2020, 11AM in Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Burial will follow in the Vassar Temple Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please vbisit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
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  • Service

    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Vassar Temple
    Address
    140 Hooker Avenue
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
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  • Interment

    Location
    Vassar Temple Cemetery
    Address
    LaGrange Ave.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12603
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George Taylor

Posted at 06:16am
Very sorry for the loss of Al. My friend John and I 1st met Al in the early 90's at the local comic shops where he shared his passion for comic book collecting and invited us over to view some of his collection. We would run into him over the years at various toy and comic shows and he even used to stop by the South Hills Movie Theatre where we worked to say hello. Great memories, he will be missed.
George Taylor JR
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Anita Lester

Posted at 09:30am
So sorry to hear of Alan's passing. My deepest condolences.
Anita Lester

Jill Manzi

Posted at 09:37am
We are very saddened at the loss of Al. As a neighbor and friend, he was an integral part of the Carriage Hill community, always taking an avid interest in others. He would frequently have stories to tell which would captivate both ourselves and our children. Al always made himself available to lend a hand or offer advice. Even our pets felt a great fondness for Al, whenever seeing him outside or in the car, would whimper and cry to greet him and accept a treat that was readily available . Al will be very missed , but we will hold fond memories of years knowing him. It was an honor and privilege to have him as a neighbor and friend! Our deepest condolences! Mike and Jill Manzi, Beamer too
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